Long term, stable residential care: lasting results

Our commitment to providing proven, quality, holistic residential services
for young people aged 10-19 achieves excellent outcomes and lasting results.


About Wessex College

Wessex College was established and continues to be run by Child Care practitioners offering homes to children and young people who have experienced trauma in their early years. Managing the challenges of daily life can require high levels of support, understanding and therapeutic intervention. We work tirelessly to support our young people to find hope even in the presence of problems, and our highly experienced team are driven by a passion to improve life outcomes for our children and young people.

Why choose us

We’re passionate about the provision of creative and ambitious opportunities for our young people to recover and thrive. Our highly-qualified and experienced team support our children and young people to develop a sense of hope and aspiration where previously there was little. Our services are well regarded and we are proud of our reputation for ‘sticking’ with children with very complex presentation.

What we do

We recognise that each child has their own individual starting place when they move to us, and offer a range of placement types to young people aged 10-19 years. Our child centred and holistic approach supports children that through their experience of trauma can display challenging, harmful or risk taking behaviours.


Our diverse services include: 1:1 solo and 1:1 intensive support placements, 4:2 small group living placements, and girls only placements for those at risk of CSE.


Our houses are beautiful, large, detached houses in rural locations. All young people benefit from their own bedroom and enjoy being an integral member of the household – deciding how and what the home should do and have.


Due to the specialisms of our services some homes are for girls and young women only but there is also the opportunity for girls and boys to live together in the mixed homes we have.

"They are a dedicated and committed team who do not give up on young people where others might. I am very impressed.”

Social Worker

Education and learning

We hold firm aspirations and ambitions for our children and young people to access a full learning programme. Those living with us have a range of education plans. We proudly support young people to attend local schools and colleges, or others will be supported in our own student-centred, holistic learning provision.

Whether it’s via our classrooms, Care Farms, outdoor education programmes, outreach support or a combined approach, we encourage them to express themselves to nurture a sense of self-worth and hope for a brighter future.

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Trauma recovery services

Our trauma-informed services provide unrivalled support to carers and staff. Our approach is child-centred, trauma informed and relevant to each child, to ensure the very best opportunities to promote growth and recovery.

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Care Farming Centres

Our two Care Farms in Wiltshire and Devon make a valuable difference in both children’s trauma recovery and enhancing learning experiences. Take a look at how our nature-based approach can transform lives.

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Get in touch


To dicuss anything about our residential care for young people aged 10-19
please contact us by calling or using the form below.

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    Wessex College

    Boreham Mill
    BA12 9HQ

    T: 01985 218486